Sunday October 19, 2014
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Blessed Mother & Respect for Human Life

October has traditionally been a month in which we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother.  It is also Respect Life Month.  What better way to honor our Blessed Mother than by asking her intercession to protect all human life from its very beginning, at conception, to the natural end. This would be a great time to take up the habit of praying a daily Rosary, or even just one decade. Mary cared for Jesus as he grew in their home in Nazareth.  May she care for us and all whose lives are in danger.  May Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Proctectress of all Human Life, pray for us! 

Faith Formation Classes Begin

Grade 1 Saturday October 18th 9:15am – 10:15am
Grade 3 Saturday October 25th 10:30am – 12:00 noon
Grade 4 Saturday October 18th 10:30am – 12:00 noon
Mandatory parent meetings:    
Home School Tuesday October 14th 6:30pm

Faith Formation Calendar

The 2014-2015 Faith Formation Calendar is available for download or viewing by clicking here.

1st Annual St. Ann Cookie Sale

The First Annual St. Ann Cookie Sale will be held on Sunday, November 3rd after all the morning Masses in the Parish Center. Cookie boxes will be sold after all Masses starting the weekend of October 18th. This event is sponsored by the 10th grade Confirmation candidates. We hope to see you all there.

Have You Taught Faith Formation?

If you have taught in our Faith Formation program in the past could you please check to see if you have any Catechist guides that you are not using?   We routinely collect them in the Spring, have checked our closet and could use a few extra.  If in your fall clean up you find any, please drop them off at the Faith Formation office.  Thank you very much! 

Fr. Karl Bissinger

For several years Fr. Karl Bissinger assisted us here at St. Ann's for Sunday and weekday Masses.  He had been serving as Bishop Coleman's Secretary so this allowed him to be available to us. With our new Bishop, Edgar da Cunha, Fr. Karl now has a new assignment. He is now the Assistant at St. John Neumann Parish in East Freetown. 

We as a parish community are very grateful for what Fr. Karl was able to provide for us in Sacramental Ministry but also in is kind, gentle and joyful presence among us. While we will miss Fr. Karl's presence it's great for him to be in parish ministry full time. If you wish to be in touch with him his address is:
Fr. Karl Bissinger
157 Middleboro Rd.
PO Box 718
East Freetown MA 02717-0718

Our Blessed Mother and Respect for Human Life

October has traditionally been a month in which we honor Mary, our Blessed Mother. It is also Respect Life Month. What better way to honor our Blessed Mother than by asking her intercession to protect all human life from its very beginning, at conception, to the natural end.

This would be a great time to take up the habit of praying a daily Rosary, or even just one decade. Mary cared for Jesus as he grew in their home in Nazareth. May she care for us and all whose lives are in danger. May Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Proctectress of all Human Life, pray for us! 

Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors Altar Servers

Your new schedules for October, November, and December are ready and can be picked up in the foyer this weekend. Schedule is also on this website here and may also be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.

Coffee & Donuts Returns!

Coffee and Donuts are available after the 8:00am and 9:30am Masses. We want to thank Walt & Angie Neas, Bernadette Dacey, and Mary Riley for assisting this weekend.

We are always looking for helpers and it’s a nice way to make friends and meet new people. If you are interested please call Bev Morgan at 508-823-9183.

St Ann's Parish Social

Please take home the insert in this weekend’s bulletin for the annual St. Ann’s Social which will take place on Saturday, October 18th at the Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House.  To reserve a seat, please fill out the form and return by mail to Diane Miller.  We hope to see you there!

The reservation form may also be downloaded and printed using this link


If anyone would like to donate a door prize for the upcoming Parish Social on October 18th, please contact Diane Miller at 508-828-1153.

Join Scouting!

There is a Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or a Venturing Crew in your area that is just waiting to give you the adventure of a lifetime. Boys from age 7-21 can join either Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Venturers based on age and Girls age 14-21 can join Venturing.

These fun filled adventure and learning based programs will give your son or daughter the confidence and life skills they need to succeed. Contact your local council at 508-286-9202 Ext 202 or visit for more information on how to join.

Parish Necrology

Each week, our parish necrology – a listing of the anniversaries of those parish members who have gone before us – is published. We ask that you keep these folks in your prayers, particularly on the anniversary of their death.  
Fr. John

Note - Click here to see the necrology for October.

St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

The following items are needed:  Canned peas, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, and pasta sauce.  Thank you for your generosity!


RCIA  is beginning this week. Those who are in the process of becoming Catholic will be meeting in the parish center following the 9:30am Mass. Please pray for all who are on this journey of faith!

Prayers for the Sick

Please remember in your prayers all who are facing illness at this time: 

Fred Lincoln
Jennifer K. Strachan

and those whose names are listed in the book of prayers for the sick.

Praying for the sick is something we are called to do as disciples of Jesus.  In an effort to assist us in doing that we are asking if you or a loved one is ill and needs to be prayed for.  We will maintain the practice of keeping the prayer book by the tabernacle.  But we will also be adding another way of praying for those who are sick. Every other week the names of those for whom we are praying will be listed in the bulletin, with the permission of the person who is sick or their family. Please forward your prayer requests to Roberta Santos ( When making the request please leave your name and phone number. Should you wish to keep the name private, that will be honored.  Thank you!

Coyle & Cassidy High School & Middle School


Coyle & Cassidy High School and Middle School division is holding an Open House on October 19 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. View the informative flyer by clicking here.

St Mary's Primary School

We cordially invite you to our fall celebration!  Join us at our Harvest-Fest Meat-on-a-Stick featuring “The Freeze Pops” on Sunday October 26th, from 12 to 4:00pm, at the PACC. The cost is $15/per adult ticket (beef or pork); all sides are included. Children eat free hot dogs & chips, courtesy of Chili's of Raynham.  Food, family, fun......what more could you ask for?  Please call the school (508-822-9480) for more information.  We would love to see you there!

2nd Annual Glory Road Race

Immaculate Conception Church, N. Easton
We’re excited to announce the 2nd Annual Glory Road Race will be held at Borderland State Park on Saturday, November 1st, at 10:00am! The course is a 5K (3.1 mile) run / walk through the beautiful grounds of our local Easton gem.  It’s a family friendly environment which we know everybody will enjoy!  We are now using official bib chip timing.  The cost is $22.00 per person, register online at You may also call ICC at 508-238-3232 or email us at for more information.

The March for Life

The March for Life will be held in Washington DC on January 22nd 2015. Trip planning is underway, so reserve your spot.

The buses are leaving the evening of January 21st and returning on January 23rd. The bus fare and hotel rooms are included in the ticket price. If interested in attending. contact Paul Spearin at 508-567-7155, or

Area Daily Mass Schedules

St. Thomas Aquinas, Bridgewater   St. Jude the Apostle, Taunton
Monday – Friday 7:00am & 9:00am,
Saturday 9:00am
  Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday 9:00am
Holy Cross, South Easton    Holy Family, East Taunton
Monday – Friday 9:00am   Monday – Saturday 8:00am

Marriage Encounter Weekend

If we believe, Jesus will give us all the food we need for our marriage. Enrich your marriage on the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on October 24-26, 2014. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at

The Emmaus Ministry

Weekend Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents Losing a child under any circumstance is horrific.  Focusing on the spirituality of the grieving process can help tremendously. Please join us Friday, November 7th through Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA.

For more information call Diane at (617)542-8057 or see

St. Ann's On Facebook

St. Ann's Parish is on Facebook! Click the "Like" button below. Fr. John will be posting to the group on a regular basis, so come converse with him on Facebook!  

Hope Hospice Volunteers

Hope Hospice is looking for volunteers who want to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients and families.  There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available that match your specialized expertise, unique talents and interest in caring for others.  Volunteer opportunities include providing emotional support and companionship, respite care to caregivers, pet therapy, Reiki, massage and administrative assistance.  All Volunteers participate in a comprehensive training program.  To learn more: contact,  call (508) 957-0270, or visit  Hope Hospice is part of the HopeHealth family of services. 

Become a Mentor Foster Parent

Make a difference in the life of a child from your own community. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in yours. As a foster parent, you will receive $350 tax free weekly stipend per child, 24/7 support and On-Going Skill Development. Foster Children have their own insurance and additional money that is available for clothing allowances, birthday’s & holidays. To change a life of a child in need in your community call today! Massachusetts MENTOR visit or call us at 508-995-3251 ext 5619.

Choose Life

St. Ann's Respect Life Ministry has a great suggestion for parishioners to take a stand for life.  All you need to do is change your license plate! The Massachusetts "Choose Life" license plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness and much needed funding to support the positive choices of adoption and safe havens. To order "The Choose Life" plate, or for more information, visit Click on the "Purchase a Choose Life Plate" link for the Massachusetts RMV webpage.  It's easy and goes to a great cause - and you don't have to wait in line!

What Are The Requirements To Be A Godparent Or Sponsor?

In order to serve as a Godparent or sponsor, you must be a confirmed Catholic, at least 16 years old, registered in a parish and practicing your faith by weekly participation at Mass. If you are married your marriage must be recognized as valid by the Church.  If you have any questions about this, see either Fr.John or Deacon Joe.

Brookhaven Hospice Volunteer Training

Free Hospice Volunteer Training. We are seeking compassionate, caring people who would like to volunteer for our hospice company.  If you have spare time, would like to give back, or need volunteer hours, you could fulfill all of those, while enriching the lives of hospice patients.  We need people who would provide companionship, friendliness, and a kind heart to those who end of life patients.

If you, or someone you know, would like to attend a free training on being a hospice volunteer, please contact us.  Here at Brookhaven we believe in Celebrating Life.  For more information contact: Jenn Fenuccio Volunteer Coordinator at 855-820-4801.  Visit our web site


The Cancer Care Community Advisory Board – the CABbies – is an all volunteer group with a commitment to help patients and survivors of the greater Taunton area from their cancer diagnosis through treatment and beyond. We assist with short term financial assistance and a variety of other needs.

Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the Morton Hospital Cafeteria Annex or call Mary Machado at 508-823-4608 or Ginny Starvish at 508-828-7920 for assistance or more information.

The Office for Child Protection

The Office for Child Protection would like to remind those in ministry with our children to maintain appropriate boundaries at all times. Meeting alone in isolated areas, e-mailing or calling too much, being involved in too many of the minor’s activities, showing favoritism or giving special gifts and communicating with our youth over social networking sites such as MySpace and Face Book, violates appropriate boundaries in our relationships with young people.

If you would like more information about what types of interactions are inappropriate, please call Debora Jones at 508-674-4681.

The Sunday Mass

The Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family Channel from 6:30am to 7:00am each Sunday morning.

The Sunday Mass is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers of New York City and is available on DirecTV (channel 311), DishTV (channel 180) and Comcast Cable (channel 26/HD 826). To early for you? Tivo it or watch it online at

Adoption by Choice

Adoption by Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services, provides confidential supportive pregnancy counseling to individuals experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. An unplanned pregnancy can sometimes mean making difficult but very important decisions. Our licensed counselors are available to meet with individuals and their families whenever they might need someone to share concerns about an unplanned pregnancy and the future of the baby.

Please call 508-674-4681 if you or someone you know might want to explore the agency’s services, and ask to speak with a pregnancy counselor. The Catholic Social Service website also provides additional information on our services:

Traveling? Mass Schedules Nationwide

For nationwide Mass times and locations, you may call 1-410-676-6000 or visit

Catholic TV On The Web

 Or click here to visit

New Words, Same Mass

Examining the New English Translation of the Mass

Why a new translation? Which prayers are changing? How will it affect our celebration of the Mass?

A video presentation explaining the changes to the Mass, given by Rev. Msgr. Stephen J. Avila, director of the Office for Worship of the Fall River Diocese and the Pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Mansfield, is available for viewing on Youtube in a five-part series. Links to the video are here:
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5


Some of the weekly images on are copyright © 2014

A Word of Welcome to New Parishioners!

Please introduce yourselves to Fr. John or Deacon Joe so that we can better serve you.
We hope that you will become involved with our parish,
and we look forward to your presence and participation each week.
Sacrament Preparation
For information regarding Sacrament Preparation click here
Parish Bulletin
Parish bulletins can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here
We want to keep in touch with our parishioners 
It is important to let us know when one becomes homebound or enters a nursing home or long-term care so that we can touch base and see if they would like to receive Holy Communion.
Please help keep us informed of these changes.

September 28 John M. Dooley 1978 October 5 John Faidell 1990 October 12 Joseph Pacheco 2010
  William R. Pflug 2002   Leonard M. Chickering 1993 October 13 Mary Coughlin 2011
  Lisa Machado 2005   Thomas F. Fitzsimmons 1994 October 14 Hilda J. Gomes 1999
September 29 Frances A. Azevedo 1986   Francisco E. Toste 2003   Anita E. Jordan 2000
  Helen M. Andresco 1998   Mary Campagna 2013   Marguerite A. Zucco 2001
  Ernest Sylvia 2000 October 6 Helen H. Turner 1982   Joseph Murray 2008
  Marie Furtado 2001   Sidney Sorrentino 2006 October 15 Paul Richard Mello 1994
  Santina R. Tomase 2010 October 7 Priscilla E. Thomas 2000   Ruth T. Fraga 1998
September 30 Caroline Bernier 2006   Peter Sankus 2006   Laurie Hall 2007
October 1 Brian G. Hall 1993   Antonio Silva 2008 October 16 Eleanor A. Madden 1988
  John J. Carpenter, Jr. 2013   Elizabeth Gallo 2011   Mary M. Varao 1990
October 2 Helen Miller 2006 October 8 Cecilia Gosson 1980 October 17 Sandra E. Russo 1988
  Elaine Costa 2008   Joseph F. Costa, Jr. 2013   Paul M. Grzywacz 1999
October 3 Stephen Grillo 1973 October 9 Lucienne G. Doire 1988   Dale Simmons 2001
  Rosalva E. LePage 1981   Mary Eola Flaherty 1993   Martha Scaramozzino 2004
  Leo P. Finnigan 1984   Jeremiah McCann 2006   Agnes Cain 2009
  Josephine E. Murphy 1992 October 10 David Sylvester 2000 October 18 Leo D. Donnelly 1989
October 4 Alice M Ferreira 1989   Christina Saucke 2006   Irene Ribeiro Medeiros 1999
  Lucienne J. Gervais 2001   Elizabeth C. Bella 2013   Margaret Ricko 2012
  Leo R. Sorel 2004 October 11 Stephen E. Sharp 2004   John J. Voller 2006
October 5 Marion C. Clark 1979 October 12 Mary L. Pacheco 1991   Shirley Raposa 2007
  Eliz. Loretta Perry 1984   Grace E. McKenney 1998   Rose Severino 2008


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